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When Are Mosquitoes Most Active?

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The most active period for mosquitoes and the time when you are most likely to be bitten is when the air is calm between sundown and dawn

The Threats of Mosquitoes

Having to be outdoors during some times of the year, can be an uncomfortable experience, especially with mosquitoes everywhere. These pesky insects that feed on human and animal blood as well as plant juices can leave you with bites and welts on your skin. Although mostly harmless, a few of the over 3,000 species of mosquitoes may transmit infections and diseases such as malaria, encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

The Most Active Periods for Mosquitoes

Depending on where you live, you are more likely to be irritated by the buzzing and biting of mosquitoes at specific times of the year. These insects need to have certain conditions such as temperature, breeding locations and humidity, which is perfect for them to multiply in abundance and to annoy you. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, damp and wet environments and the season usually lasts from the spring to the fall. However, if you live in tropical climates, you may need to deal with these insects all throughout the year. These cold-blooded pests like temperatures above 80 degrees and usually hibernate in cold weather below 50 degrees. The most active period for mosquitoes and the time when you are most likely to be bitten is when the air is calm between sundown and dawn. However, you should not be surprised to find mosquitoes at other times during the day.

Limiting Mosquito Exposure

While there is no need for you to cut or limit your outdoor activities, you should take precautions during the dusk to dawn period as you prepare to deal with these annoying pests. Some protections may include using an insect repellent and wearing long-sleeve tops and long pants. You may also keep your gardens and grounds clean, remove standing water and avoid bushes and swampy areas.

 

Resources

“New Jersey Mosquito Biology and Control. Center for Vector Biology.” Computing Services for Faculty & Staff. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Aug. 2012. http://www-rci.rutgers.edu/~insects/mosfaq.htm .

“Mosquitoes and Disease – Frequently Asked Questions.” New York State Department of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Aug. 2012. http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/west_nile_virus/mosquitoes_and_disease_faq.htm

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